Bishop Coyne to Catholic communicators: “Always take the high road”

Last night, I had the great privilege of serving as deacon alongside Bishop Christopher Coyne as he celebrated Mass for the Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.  His excellent homily focused a great deal on Christian aspects of communication, and prompted a lot of enthusiastic comment at the dinner afterwords.  Here’s a key part: As one who is [Read More...]

Reboot: new homily for June 17, 2012, 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

At 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon, while riding the subway, it hit me: the words of Paul’s letter — “we walk by faith, not by sight” — could apply to the story of Nik Wallenda. The more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to preach about this.  I got home, clicked [Read More...]

Homily for June 17, 2012: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Click here for the readings] This year, as we celebrate our parish centennial, we’ve been marking key dates – the day of the groundbreaking, the day of the first census and so on.  We’ve been big on anniversaries, commemorating our beginnings. Well, here’s another anniversary, coming up later this summer. It goes back further than [Read More...]

Homily for June 10, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings] For audio of this homily, from the 11:30 am Mass, click the green arrow below. Last week, we marked the anniversary of D-Day, the invasion that began the end of World War II.  If you go on the Internet, you can find some remarkable stories of Catholic priests who ministered to [Read More...]

A Corpus Christi homily: “It is astounding to consider what bread can become”

With the Holy Father celebrating Corpus Christ today in Rome, and in anticipation of our own celebration of the feast in this country on Sunday, below is part of my homily for the feast from 2007. +++ When I was young and first living on my own – way back before I was married – [Read More...]

Homily for June 3, 2012: Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings.] For the audio recording of this homily, click the green arrow below. This is graduation season, and you see a lot in the news about commencement speeches. Last week, I spent some time watching videos of some of the speeches online. There were the usual famous names – mostly TV personalities [Read More...]

Mary’s journey: a homily for The Visitation

For the Feast of the Visitation, here’s a portion of my homily from 2007 from the Solemnity of the Assumption, which used the same gospel reading. +++ The gospel today begins with a journey. “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…” This time of year, I think, a lot of us [Read More...]

My Pentecost: tongues of flame, and the heat of a minor crucible

So, how was your Pentecost?  Here’s a window into the world of a deacon — or at least, this particular deacon. Last Sunday, my pastor and I agreed that he would preach the “high” Mass on Pentecost, since at that Mass he was going to be doing the confirmations for about a dozen adults.  (My [Read More...]

Homily for May 27, 2012: Pentecost Sunday

[Click here for the readings] If you had to name one of the most quoted speeches of the 20th century, one near the top of any list would be the inaugural address of John F. Kennedy in 1961, with his call: “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do [Read More...]

Homily for May 20, 2012: 7th Sunday of Easter — UPDATED WITH AUDIO

[Click here for readings.] For audio of this homily from the 10 am Mass, click the green arrow below Do you notice something unusual in the gospel we just heard? One word recurs again and again and again: “world.”  Jesus utters it no less than nine times, in one brief passage.  I think this is [Read More...]


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